2015 Speakers

We are excited to have a group of speakers that will share ideas on a variety of interesting topics. Our theme this year is Passion In Motion, we will create a setting where ideas are re-examined and your current understanding may be challenged. TEDxSpokane has the same mission as TED and that is: “To spread ideas worth sharing.” We look forward to bringing people together from the Inland Empire to share ideas and generate new meaning and actions. Visit YouTube for a playlist.


Cyber Self-Defense

Paul will provide insights about the current “threat landscape” on the internet and how  to stay safe in a dynamic environment.

Paul is a seasoned IT and Information Security leader with over 15 years experience in a Fortune 300 enterprise atmosphere. His vision of innovative, next-generation technology is focused on enabling business operations and growth based on risk management, threat intelligence, and broad security awareness. He is an in-demand speaker who holds many accreditations and industry certifications showcasing his technical and business prowess.

Paul volunteers at his church in the role of Chief Information Officer (CIO) assisting with information system strategy, design and defense. Paul is a native of the Chicago suburbs but has a strong affinity towards the Inland Northwest. He has been visiting the Spokane Coeur d’Alene for over 20 years with his family. Paul enjoys spending time in his most important role to-date as husband and a father to his 10-month-old son.

Alan Chatham


Aesthetic Populism

Digital artist and cultural promoter strives to create art and curate window diplays for the masses and encourages you to seek out beauty around you.

Alan Chatham uses art and technology to improve public spaces in creative ways. Formerly a researcher studying how people play in urban spaces and how they interact with public technology infrastructure, Chatham currently runs Laboratory, a storefront space supporting public interactive art, and works for Window Dressing, a program that places art and creative entrepreneurs in vacant storefronts in Spokane, Washington.

Mattie J Bamman


Words, Not Ideas: How to Write a Book

A professional writer who also coaches other writers, helps us find ways to dust off our manuscript and finish that masterpiece that’s been calling our name from under those piles of aspirations.

Mattie John Bamman is a writer and editor focused on food, travel, and poetry. Wine, wilderness, and words brought him to Portland, Oregon, where he serves as editor of Eater Portland and regularly writes for Northwest Travel Magazine. Mattie has contributed to 11 books on culinary travel and 9 travel guides to Italy and the United States, and he also provides developmental editing services to help others write books. He got his start interning at McSweeney’s Publishing and ZYZZYVA literary magazine. See Mattie’s writing and photography portfolios at www.mattiejohnbamman.com.

Sarah Wolcott


Myth Busting Wine

Sarah invites wine enthusiasts and novices alike to shed the pretense as she busts myths about how to learn about wine and to enjoy it for its own sake.

Sarah is a well-traveled wine lover who grew up on a cherry and apple farm in SE Washington State.  Her agricultural roots help her interpret the intricacies, and reality, of wine production.  Her world travels have given her the opportunity to taste wildly different wines made out of the same grapes grown in Washington State.  Thanks to a degree in Spanish Literature from Whitman College, Sarah is able to converse about wine with Spanish-speaking colleagues and a wine-industry specific MBA from the Bordeaux Business School in France allowed her to study business with a glass of wine in hand, always. Visit her website: http://www.wowcomm.com/

Kris Dinnison


Young Adult Lit Belongs To Everyone

A lifetime as a teacher and librarian has taught Kris that young adult literature is everyone’s literature because that stage of life lends itself to stories that resonate emotionally.

Kris Dinnison spent nearly two decades as a teacher and librarian, while dreaming of becoming a writer. She lives in Spokane, Washington with her husband and two cats named Raymond and Moon Pie. Her first novel, You and Me and Him, was released in July 2015 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Owen Marcus


What 10,000 Years Of Progress Has Cost

Owen explores the intersection of human history and masculinity and reflects on what 10,000 years of progress has cost us emotionally and what we can learn from it.

Owen’s journey in healing his dyslexia and Asperger’s Syndrome led him to see a bigger challenge, one that we all face: how to connect emotionally with others. Like many men, Owen was never taught how to relate emotionally to others as a man. Through twenty years designing and redesigning men’s groups, he found a way to provide to men what they were missing.

Owen now teaches men how to start their own men’s groups and how to lead men’s groups. The documentary movie, About Men, reveals the innermost workings of the Sandpoint Men’s Group, the group he started in 2005. And in his book Grow Up: A Man’s Guide to Masculine Emotional Intelligence, Owen teaches men – and women – what men were never taught.

Owen’s MQ Test, scores a man’s proficiency in the five Masculine Emotional Intelligence traits, giving men a starting point to understand. His book and his model for men’s groups give men a roadmap for how to get to where they want to be. The growing success of men’s groups is transforming the model of what it is for a man to be emotional. The emotional revolution created from men learning the simple skills of emotional connection will set men free to connect to those they love.

Website: http://freetowin.co

Blog: www.owenmarcus.com

Matthew Chase


Personal Leadership

Transformational life experiences are opportunities to refine a personal leadership philosophy. Matt will share his harrowing near-death experience that launched his inner journey that has shaped his approach to life, love and teaching.

Dr. Matthew Chase is a professor of Recreation and Tourism Management at Eastern Washington University. He also serves as Co-chair for the Department of Physical Education, Health, and Recreation. Dr. Chase has been working in the field of higher education for over 25 years.

Prior to his employment in higher education, Dr. Chase worked for the National Park Service as a Climbing Ranger. Dr. Chase also served in the United States Air Force as a para-rescuer. Over the years, Dr. Chase has pursued activities such as high altitude mountaineering, backcountry skiing, and whitewater kayaking. Today, in his mid-50s, Dr. Chase is still active in the outdoors and continues to coach and mentor young people who are interested in becoming outdoor leaders. Dr. Chase speaks regularly to audiences around the country on topics such as leadership and community development, generational differences, change management, balance in our personal and professional lives, and a whole host of topics related to outdoor leadership, risk management, and safety.

Lisa Iversen


Receiving Life in Ancestral Blueprints

Lisa shares how her work as a psychotherapist with individuals, couples, and families inspires her perspective on U.S. history, belonging, ancestors, race, and love.

Lisa is the Founding Director of the Center for Ancestral Blueprints where she developed programs such as the Family Matters Immersion Series, An Embodied Conversation with the Internalized Colonizer, and Making Love Visible retreats. Lisa developed the BOB + BART approach to strengthening one’s capacity for engaging with power, love, and work, in collaboration with Kate Regan, president of Kairos Consulting Group.

Lisa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been a practicing psychotherapist for 23 years. For 17 of these years she has been steeped in the field of systemic constellations. She is a lifelong learner, learning with and from families of all lineages, and a frequent public speaker regarding the influence of ancestry in individuals and groups.

Lisa is the author of the book, Ancestral Blueprints: Revealing Invisible Truths in America’s Soul. To learn more, visit www.ancestralblueprints.com.


A researcher at the world’s leading sleep institute unlocks the secrets to a better night’s sleep, which he says we all need more of to perform better at work and in life.

Dr. Wisor is an Associate Professor of Medical Sciences at the WSU Spokane Health Sciences Campus. He runs the Wisor Lab to identify functional consequences of sleep and sleep loss within the nervous system. Dr. Wisor has Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Pennsylvania State University, a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of California, Los Angeles, and served as a postdoctoral fellow and subsequently as a research associate at Stanford University School of Medicine. From 2004 through 2008 he was a staff scientist at SRI International, a non-profit research institute in Menlo Park, California.



Inventor and Founder of iCpooch

A great idea helped Brooke launch her entrepreneurial career and landed her on Shark Tank. Her passion for solving problems and business keeps her inventing new solutions for pooches and people alike.

Brooke is a 15-year-old entrepreneur from Spokane, Washington. Her career was launched at Startup Weekend Spokane in the Fall of 2012.  At age 12, she pitched an innovative way for dog owners to video chat with their pets and deliver a treat from anywhere using their smartphone, tablet, or computer. iCPooch went into production in July of 2014 and is now available for purchase in the United States and Canada. Brooke and iCPooch have been featured on Shark Tank, NBC Evening News, CBS News, FOX News, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Meredith Viera Show and other media. Brooke is currently working on her latest invention, iCLovedOnes, a device that lets you video chat with an aging relative and remotely deliver their medication.

In addition to her entrepreneurial activities, Brooke has been active in scouts since age 4 and participates in a variety of community service projects. A Chase Youth Award winner for Middle School Leadership, Brooke also received the 2013 Distinguished Student Award from the Washington Association of Educators of the Talented and Gifted. She loves riding and showing her Morgan horses Bear and Corey, plays the piano and violin, and maintains a 4.0 GPA at Saint George’s School, where she is a junior.

Tim Gales


Active as a classically trained cellist as well as a rock vocalist and drummer, Tim Gales blends the styles and sensibilities of the rock and classical worlds in his compositions.  Having studied cello under Dr. John Marshall, he has performed with the EWU Symphony Orchestra and with EWU chamber ensembles, as well as staging recitals of classical and contemporary cello repertoire.  As a solo artist he has produced pop, folk, and progressive rock recordings and performed sensitive interpretations of the music of artists such as Frank Sinatra and Joni Mitchell.  Future engagements include the premiere of his compositions for the Evnika Trio and the release of his debut solo album.

Robert Lombardi


Food As Ministry

Bob takes a pastoral approach to cooking and food and reflects on what it means to be a chef and Food Network star in a time when people want to make meaning of sharing a meal together

Award-winning Chef, Robert Lombardi is a member of the American Culinary Federation and holds various professional certifications. In addition to his professional Chef duties in the area, he is a Culinary Educator and Pastry Chef at the Inland Northwest Culinary Academy at Spokane Community College. Chef Lombardi is also involved with community service with many charitable events and Foundation fundraising throughout the Spokane Community. He has a competitive side as well, appearing on the Food Network Challenge in seasons 1, 3 and 4.

Ceci Garrett


Hoarding as a Mental Health Issue

Having launched the first service program in the Greater Spokane area for individuals self-identifying with hoarding behaviors, provides a better understanding of this mental health disorder.

Ceci Garrett is the founder and Executive Director of Lightening the Load, a ministry that works to connect those in the Spokane area with resources and hope as they unclutter their homes, lives, and relationships. Her work to raise awareness about the effects hoarding disorder has on the family and the community stems from her personal experiences growing up with a hoarding parent. Ceci received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Liberty University and recently began offering in-home clutter coaching through her business, Hoarding Consultants Northwest.

Kent Hoffman


Infinite Worth

Each of us carries within the gift of infinite worth. Find out what that means for us to walk in relationship with others with a new sense of interconnectedness.

Kent Hoffman is a clinician, attachment researcher, and co-founder of the Circle of Security program. His life work has included building intervention approaches for at-risk families dealing with parenting stress. Dr. Hoffman travels extensively throughout North America, Europe and Australia teaching professionals. His personal journey can be found at www.eightysevenminutes.com

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